The series of contract renewal confirmations continues at Real Madrid. After announcing new deals for Toni Kroos, Nacho Fernandez, and Dani Ceballos last week, Los Blancos have now confirmed that Luka Modric has also penned a new contract with the club until 2024.
Modric has been at Real Madrid for eleven years now, having arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. After enduring a difficult debut season in Spain, the Croatian has etched his name in the history of the club in golden letters, winning as many as five UEFA Champions League trophies, playing an integral role in each of those triumphs.
Modric’s contract was expiring on June 30 and there were some speculations over his future, especially with Saudi Arabia sniffing around. However, the 37-year-old veteran club legend has decided to stay put at the Santiago Bernabeu for one more year.
“Real Madrid C.F. and Luka Modrić have agreed a contract extension for the player, who remains tied to the club until 30 June 2024,” the official statement from Real Madrid read.
Modric, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2018, had always maintained that he does not wish to leave Real Madrid in the summer and had turned down offers from Saudi Arabia as well as Qatar.
Despite his age and the growing competition in midfield, Modric continues to remain a key part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and it is expected that his importance will not reduce in the upcoming season following Jude Bellingham’s arrival.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.